In December I reported to the school board about the many collaborations the district currently has with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. I felt it would be beneficial for you to see all we are doing together for our students.
2018-2019 Collaborative Initiatives between the Plummer Worley School District and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe
School Resource Officer (SRO)
Trevor Abrahamson has been assigned by Tribal Police to work with the tribal school and the district as an SRO. As part of his responsibilities, Trevor will follow-up on students with chronic absenteeism and tardies.
State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP)
The purpose of this program is to promote increased collaboration between tribal education agencies, the State Department, and local districts.
Purpose in District: The Coeur d’Alene Tribe DOE STEP program has worked with the district for three years to integrate local indigenous history into 4th grade Idaho history curriculum and provide professional development for all staff. Dr. Meyer is in the process of applying for an additional 3-year STEP grant.
Native Youth Community Project (NYCP)
NYCP funding supports preschool through college-level projects to help students prepare for college and career.
Purpose in District: The Coeur d’Alene Tribe DOE NYCP program provides career awareness classes for students in grades 5-8. The grant has also allowed for the development of a Community & School Family Engagement Plan.
Native American Career and Technical Education Program (NACTEP)
NACTEP provides grants to tribal entities for the purpose of improving career and technical education programs consistent with the purposes of the Perkins Act.
Purpose in District: The Coeur d’Alene Tribe DOE NACTEP program is currently working with Jennifer Hall to align the Natural Resources Career Pathway with community need.
Johnson O’Malley (JOM)
The Johnson O’Malley Program is a program that includes academic education, cultural awareness and community involvement.
Purpose in District: The Coeur d’Alene Tribe DOE JOM program provides academic help for students at the secondary. They also provide assistance for students in their pursuit of postsecondary goals. The district receives limited JOM funds annually and uses them to support Title VI initiatives.
Mental Health Collaboration with Marimn Health
Through our relationship with the Native Youth Trauma Center from the University of Montana, the district is in the process of developing an MOU with Marimn Health to run targeted student groups.
The Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)
The CBITS program is a school-based, group and individual intervention. It is designed to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and behavioral problems, and to improve functioning, grades and attendance, peer and parent support, and coping skills. CBITS has been used with students from 5th grade through 12th grade who have witnessed or experienced traumatic life events such as community and school violence, accidents and injuries, physical abuse and domestic violence.
This intervention is the same as CBITS but designed for younger students.
Purpose in District: The district has a significant number of students who come to school with stress that gets in the way of their learning. Because the program requires a social worker for implementation, we began to discuss a possible collaboration with Marimn Health about a year ago. Our counselors went through a 2-day training program with the assigned social workers in October. We are about to finalize details so the program can be launched after the first of the year.
Judi Sharrett, Superintendent & Special Education Director
Plummer Worley School District